Hotel Riu Palace Dominican Republic

Pros

  • Pristinely maintained pool with a swim-up bar
  • Spacious rooms feature flat-screen TVs and free Wi-Fi
  • Sleek bathrooms have large showers and double vanities
  • Daily activities such as water aerobics and dance lessons
  • Guests can enjoy massages in the beachside cabanas

Cons

  • Many complaints about mediocre buffet food
  • Gym and spa are located at a sister property
  • Rooms do not have iPod docks

Bottom Line

The sole adults-only hotel on the five-resort Riu complex, the Macao has a generally upscale vibe that’s significantly more tranquil than its sister properties. There’s still the requisite poolside entertainment and loud music by the gorgeous, white-sand beach, but couple-friendly amenities (which the other properties lack) include name-brand liquor and a designated VIP section on the beach. While this all-inclusive features sleek rooms and fun nightly entertainment, many guests complain about the mediocre food and the long walk to the gym and spa.

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This adults-only resort is tranquil - when compared to its sister properties.

The Riu Palace Macao is part of the gated Riu complex, which boasts five resorts of varying levels of luxury. Macao is arguably the most luxurious, although the nearby Riu Palace Bavaro gives it a run for its money. But what only the Macao can boast is an adults-only policy. This means that - while there are still the loud, cheesy water aerobics classes in the pool and the live music by the beach - this resort has a quieter, more tranquil vibe than the others. It is also the smallest of the five resorts, with just 364 rooms.

Middle-aged couples make up the majority of the guests here, but adults of all ages can be found relaxing by the pristine pool and walking through the lush grounds. Even when we visited during peak season, the resort didn’t feel overly crowded, and there were plenty of available lounge chairs at the pool and on the beach. The fact that guests of the Macao have their own section on the sand helps to ensure this.

This resort still offers party-focused fun - with numerous bars, nightly entertainment, and a theater - but the neighboring Hotel Bambu has a slightly younger, more party-centric vibe.

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